Obsessed Runner Blog

2021.04.22 - Its Time to Train!

randy coldsunnyI ran by a port-o-jon this morning and as odd as it may sound, the smell reminded me of all I miss about live events. Small things like the friendly banter in the start corrals and the odd gap of time between the starting gun and when we finally start to move forward. And the big stuff, like crossing the finish line and the shared celebration of accomplishment and hard earned pain. Races are finally inching their way back, they look a bit different with staggered starts, social distancing and mask wearing at pinch points but the basics, a running clock, a measured distance and our effort to run our planned pace and accomplish our goals makes the small stuff seem a small inconvenience.

Let’s get our butts out the door, it’s time to train!

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is full of hope.

2020.12.16 - Midweek run mail from a best selling running author

randy winter Lack of human companionship due to COVID-19 and endless cold, gray days are taking a toll. I headed out this morning into an icy wind, I overdressed a bit to help mentally get my butt out the door and to take the initial slap out of it, knowing I would regret the layers after a while as I started to sweat and create more of a chilling problem. When I do this I will often wear a pack to take off layers or to add them, usually just on the long run, a mistake not to have had it today. Live and learn, sometimes. Anyway, we ran along in a silent cold funk but getting it done. Once home, into a hot shower, and now sitting here all cozy with a cup of tea, I’m feeling fulfilled, thinking, what a valuable and awesome run I got in. The moral of this? We run to experience the high highs and the low lows. At this difficult time, it’s as close as we get to feeling totally awake, alive, and living in full color.

Never easy, always worth it, especially now.

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who has a shameless plug to share, BUY MY BOOK, gift my book, enjoy my book, and “Get Your Butt Out the Door!” FIND IT HERE

2020.11.13 - Beaver Miles

randy ironI’m having an up day on the Covid rollercoaster. I usually don’t talk specifically about my running but I’m taking some personal satisfaction with my weekly trail half marathon streak during Covid. I’ve been enjoying the motivational monthly challenges from our incredibly creative RF Events Crew, and my weekly 13.1 miles fits nicely with the mileage goals. Yes, I tear up each weekend as another live event that would have happened pops up on my daily alerts. The Bonfyre trail run would have been Saturday, what a glorious day it would have been, I think the post race party would have gone on till sunset, dang. Until live racing is back, if you have not joined a challenge, consider joining me on the HolliYAY 50K in December, just after November’s Beaver Moon has set! Yep, the RF Events Crew is creative, to say the least.

Get in some frosty Beaver miles today,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is also smiling today because I have just finished putting together a book, 365 reasons to get your butt out the door, a daily motivational journal, more to come on this but the goal is to ship them before Christmas. Shameless plug, the perfect gift!

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At RF Events, we are looking forward to the day when we'll be able to host races in person for you again! Getting all of our faithful participants back to the racing world SAFELY is our highest priority. Over the previous couple of months, a dedicated safety team was created and is working diligently to come up with the best plan to keep all our racers, volunteers and staff safe. We are consistently keeping up to date with the CDC guidelines as well as the state, county and city guidelines for the location of each individual race. To see a link to a broad outline of what we're working on and continuing to update, click here. This is a fluid situation that continues to change so we will keep updating our plan as warranted. We want to be sure to let you know that we're working on it and looking forward to seeing you at a starting line soon!